Ana Goncalves

Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow

Clinical Academic

My role

I am a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow. This means I am employed as a senior physiotherapist with Solent NHS Trust and at the same time, I am completing a PhD at the University of Southampton.

My responsibilities

I have a range of responsibilities in each of my roles. In my clinical role, I am based in older person’s mental health (OPMH). I assess and provide physiotherapy to all patients admitted to OPMH in-patient service (Brooker ward). I also treat patients in our adult mental health wards. In addition, I am involved in staff training, support students and I lead service evaluation and quality improvement initiatives on the ward. In my role at the university, I conduct my doctoral research project, which involves being up to date with research about physical activity for people with dementia; interviewing and conducting surveys with health professionals, people living with dementia and their family carers. Sometimes I am also involved in lecturing.

My background

My background includes a mixture of clinical, research and teaching experiences. I completed my physiotherapy degree at the University of Aveiro (Portugal) in 2012. I started working as a physiotherapist in Portugal, in the private sector, and worked as a teacher on a physiotherapy assistant course. I was then awarded funding by the European Union to complete a research internship at the University of Southampton, and then worked as a research assistant until the beginning of my Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship.

Why I love my job

I love my job because it allows me to combine research, clinical practice and education. I am passionate about providing the best possible care for the elderly. In my joint clinical academic post, I can do that in practice; I can bring the most updated knowledge from research directly into everyday patient care; I can contribute to knowledge about physical activity for people with dementia; and I can transmit my passion and enthusiasm to students and colleagues.

More about me

In my free time, I love swimming, running and reading novels. I also like hiking and being in contact with nature – but I really struggle with the cold weather! So indoors or outdoors, I always wear about five layers of clothing.

Current projects/research studies

  • Doctoral thesis: Development of a Core Outcome Set to evaluate Physical Activity interventions for People Living with dementia;
  • Quality improvement project aiming to reduce falls and seriousness of falls related injuries in Brooker organic ward.


Published work

MARQUES, A., JÁCOME, C., GONÇALVES, A., SILVA, S., LUCAS, C., CRUZ, J., GABRIEL, R. 2013. Validation of the Comprehensive ICF Core Set for obstructive pulmonary diseases from the patient’s perspective. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. 37(2):152-8

DEMAIN, S., GONÇALVES, A-C., AREIA, C., OLIVEIRA, R., MARCOS, AJ., MARQUES, A., PARMAR, R. and HUNT, K. 2015 Living With, Managing and Minimising Treatment Burden in Long Term Conditions: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Research. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0125457.

GONÇALVES, A-C., JÁCOME, C., DEMAIN, S., HUNT, K. and MARQUES, A. 2016. Burden of treatment in the light of the international classification of functioning, disability and health: a “best fit” framework synthesis. Disability and rehabilitation. 39 (19): 1253–1261

GONÇALVES, A-C., CRUZ, J., MARQUES, A., DEMAIN, S., SAMUEL, D. 2017. Evaluating physical activity in dementia: a systematic review of outcomes to inform the development of a core outcome set. Age and Ageing (accepted for publication).